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Join the Flight to the Fall Nature Fiesta

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By Special to the Monitor

Migration is the name of the game this month as warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, kinglets, thrushes and other birds set off on adventures to find or return to their winter homes. As the days turn cool with the retreating summer heat, make your own migration to Bandelier’s Fall Nature Fiesta from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 25.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos and Bandelier. More than a dozen games and demonstrations will be held behind the newly renovated visitor center at Bandelier National Monument.
“We are inviting anyone who is interesting in mixing fun with nature-related activities to join us in Frijoles Canyon on National Public Lands Day,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. “It’s a time for both young people and adults to learn, enjoy nature and have fun at the very end of summer.”
Games will include The Migration Challenge and the memory tester known as Birds of the National Parks. Live birds of prey from the Santa Fe Raptor Center can be observed up close.
Kids will have the opportunity to learn how to use binoculars to spot birds in the shade of the trees along Frijoles Creek or they can make their own cornhusk dolls. PEEC will bring Foxxy, its friendly hognose snake. Cookies will bake in a solar oven. Visitors can participate in the creation of fall fiesta mural. Back by popular demand is the apple cider press powered by anyone willing to lend a hand to turn the crank.
Because it will be National Public Lands Day, Bandelier National Monument and PEEC welcome everyone to enjoy free entry to the park.